Friday, March 18, 2011

In response to comment on previous post

Everywhere I turn right now
There seems to be a mess
Laundry is piled to the sky
It’s pathetic—I confess

The kids are getting hungry
Lunchtime’s almost here
I should be doing SOMETHING
But I’m paralyzed with fear

Fear of dirty diapers
And playing referee
Fear of peanut butter
I know that’s hard to see

So I sit at the computer
To escape for just a sec
Collect my thoughts and stop myself
From being such a wreck

I’m greeted by a comment
From my sister-in-law, Jen
It’s creative, funny, witty
I give it a perfect “10”

My favorite thing about it
Is how it gives a great excuse
To skip out on all the messes
And forget I have the blues

Instead to craft this poem
In answer to her own
To fill her in on my side
And let my plight be known

You see, Jen, here’s the problem
I have such good intentions
Of blogging every single day
Without your interventions

I get through my busy, crazy day
And get the kids to bed
I sit at the computer
A thousand thoughts within my head

Should I write about sweet Lexi
How she’s loving her new school
Or how Taylor kissed me in front of friends
Making me feel so cool

I could write how we are “Jimmered”
And how March Madness is consuming
All our thoughts and time this week
Or would that even be amusing?

Then there’s always Graci’s party
Make-a-Wish gave way back when
That I STILL haven’t blogged about
What a slacker I have been!

A post with all the million ways
Our family has been blessed
By the sweetest friends and neighbors
Maybe that would be best

Or maybe I should open up
About how hard it all can be
How disappointment, fear, and grief
Seem bent on taking me

A fluffy post, just pictures
Or a post written in letters
Stories of the highs or lows
Which one would be better?

There are field trips, dates, appointments
I could write about all night
Or funny things the kids have said—
Do you see my plight?

And as I sit at the computer
With all these thoughts inside my head
I give up and say to Jer
“Let’s watch MTM instead!”


You took time to write this comment
And I was flattered, yes indeed
That you like to read our little blog
And in fact feel quite a need

To hear about this life of ours
So I recommit
To keep it up more daily-ish
And not so easily quit

One more thing, dear sis-in-law
You should carefully consider
Your writing talent is apparent
Your comment made it clear

I think it’s time for you to start
A blog all of your own
You have an unmatched talent
To tickle funny bones

I think you’ll find it cathartic
And you’ll keep us all amused
With your witty way of writing
Please, Jen, don’t refuse!